Posts from GovConDaily for 10/10/2018

James Mattis: DoD Sets 80% Mission Capability Rate for Air Force, Navy Fighter Jets

Defense Secretary James Mattis has issued a memo that calls for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy to achieve a minimum mission capability rate of 80 percent for four types of fighter aircraft by the end of fiscal 2019, Defense News reported Tuesday…
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Report: Chris Inglis Emerges as Pentagon Chief’s Pick to Lead NSA Should Split From Cybercom Advance

Chris Inglis, former deputy National Security Agency director, has turned up to be the top candidate to lead NSA should Defense Secretary James Mattis decide to split the agency from U.S. Cyber Command, The Washington Post reported Friday…
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John Zangardi: DHS Needs to Modify Cyber, IT Hiring Process to Fill Skills Gap

John Zangardi, chief information officer of the Department of Homeland Security, has said there is a need for the department to implement a more flexible hiring process as it administers various modernization initiatives, FedScoop reported Friday…
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Hill AFB Uses Tablets to Streamline F-35A Aircraft Maintenance

Hill Air Force Base is employing new handheld tablets for use with maintenance activities on F-35A aircraft. The tablets integrate with Portable Maintenance Aid laptops that connect with the aircraft’s Autonomic Logistics Information System, a platform that monitors and records the F-35’s status information, the U…
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DSCA Reports 33% Increase in FY 2018 Foreign Military Sales; Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper Quoted

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has found that the U.S. recorded $55.66B in fiscal 2018 foreign military sales, reflecting a 33 percent rise from total FMS sales posted in fiscal 2017. DSCA said Tuesday the trend can be attributed to policy changes the White House has initiated such as the administration’s move to update the Conventional Arms Transfer Policy in April…
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Trump to Appoint OMB Executive Margaret Weichert as Acting OPM Director

President Trump intends to appoint Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management. Replacing former OPM director Jeff Pon, she will hold the role concurrently with her position at the OMB, the White House said Friday…
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Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford Sets Priority on Cloud Migration Operations in 2019

Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, chief information officer of the U.S. Army, has said he will prioritize the procurement of cloud products and services in fiscal year 2019, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. Crawford disclosed in an interview that he plans to migrate over 2,000 of the service’s applications to the cloud using a system, which will possibly align with the Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure initiative…
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GAO: Sustained Momentum in Identifying, Implementing Initiatives Key to Uphold Weapon System Cybersecurity

Sustained efforts to develop and implement initiatives to address weapon system cybersecurity challenges are needed to update the Defense Department’s understanding of how to build more secure military tools, according to a new Government Accountability Office report…
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Jeanette Manfra: DHS Aims to Strengthen Cyber Workforce

Jeanette Manfra, a cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, told Federal News Network in an interview published Tuesday that DHS prioritizes efforts to build up its cyber workforce through education…
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Physicist Charles Verdon Appointed Deputy Administrator for DOE NNSA Office of Defense Programs

Charles Verdon, former principal associate director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been sworn in as deputy administrator for defense programs at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration…
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DHS Unveils Strategy on Electromagnetic Risk Management and Protection

The Department of Homeland Security has released a new strategy aimed at protecting the country from electromagnetic pulse and geomagnetic disturbance threats. The strategy highlights the department’s approach to addressing potential threats that may arise from electromagnetic incidents, and embodies the intelligence community’s assessment on the matter, the DHS said Tuesday…
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Navy Secretariat to Focus on DoD’s National Defense Strategy by Consolidating Business Operations

Thomas Modly, undersecretary of the U.S. Navy, has crafted a business operations plan to help the Department of the Navy concentrate on fulfilling the Defense Department’s National Defense Strategy, Federal News Network reported Friday…
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Report: DHS Anti-Email Spoofing Measure in Effect at Multiple Agencies

Email security company Valimail reports that roughly half of federal government domains have implemented an email security protocol in compliance with a directive that the Department of Homeland Security issued nearly a year ago…
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Richard Spencer Discloses Names of Two Future Littoral Combat Ships

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, has unveiled the name USS Beloit for the next Freedom-class littoral combat ship and USS Santa Barbara for the future Independence-variant vessel…
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